First off I assume it is best to introduce myself to distinguish myself amongst the other fascinating and incredibly talented bloggers/interns featured here. My name is Emily Roseman and I am a Senior in the School of Communication at American University. My four years at AU have challenged me academically, but also professionally and that is something I always credit to the program I am enrolled in, but also my sense of determination to never give up. Since my first day as a Freshman, I have interned or worked at some of the most incredible offices around the world. Freshman year I was an intern at BBC World News in DC , Sophomore year brought the great honor of being selected as a White House Intern, my summer leading into Junior year I worked in the editing department at MSNBC in New York City, my spring semester of Junior year I traveled abroad to London where I was able to intern as a production assistant at Purple Flame Media a documentary film company, and now my last year at AU, I have had the great honor of being selected as one of the students for the Dean’s Internships in SOC and intern at USA TODAY’s video editing department. SO enough about where I used to work…and onto what I can impart onto my fellow classmates as a seasoned veteran of the intern world.
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Start out with 2 cups of slowly learning to contribute at meetings. After you spend the first week scared to say a word, know that your contributions don’t have to be solid fact. Sometimes your opinion alone is all that’s needed for the conversation, as long as you can back it up with some reasoning. Even when you’re completely wrong, your co-workers are patient and will help out.
Add 1 tablespoon of bitterness over the other intern who criticized you publicly. Remain unsure if there’s some sort of code about that. If desired, add an extra teaspoon of “I’d like to see him try to criticize his boss if he’s so smart. He probably thinks he’s so great.” Stay cautious of this person for the rest of the summer unless they say something nice about your next idea. (More …)
One of the worst parts of interning is the commute.
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